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Ibanez Les Paul 73-74 Goldtop (Lawsuit era)

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Michael's Gear Outlet
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1970's LAWSUIT ERA IBANEZ LES PAUL (aka Ethyl)

The 70's were rough for Gibson and the impact of the high quality blatant copies that the Japanese guitar manufacturers were producing. Ibanez was at the forefront of this and you can see that beyond the IBANEZ logo on the headstock this might as well be a 70's Gibson Les Paul goldtop.

This one is in great shape for its age - c'mon - it's a 40 year old guitar so there are a few scuffs and finish cracks. The pickups have been swapped out at some point in the past 4 decades for a set of GIBSON 496R Hot Ceramic/500T Super Ceramic. Includes non-original hard shell case. "ETHYL" refers to soon after listing this guitar for sale I was contacted by someone in Southern Ontario who had bought this guitar From LeGrand Music in Quebec back in the late 80's - gigged with the guitar for a couple decades before it moved on. He let me know that he recognized it and that it looks like it did when he bought it - he is the one who called it Ethyl.

Ibanez started in 1971 with the LP copies, but all the examples and the catalogue indicate that the first couple years the neck heel was rounded at the neck pickup. Starting in 1973 catalogue pictures will show a square heel, though there are still examples of guitars that still have the rounded neck heel. The adjustable bridge on this guitar is not as indicated in the catalog for the 2351 models, but looks more like the larger square bridge that appeared on other models such as the '73 2399. Although the catalogues do not show many examples of this bridge, there are a few examples of it appearing on models up to 1977.

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